7 boys jailed in fire that killed 23 in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian police said Saturday they have arrested seven boys suspected of intentionally starting a fire at an Islamic boarding school that killed 23 people. The suspects reportedly told police that students there had teased them.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh said the boys, ages 11 to 18, were rounded up since Friday night after they were identified in CCTV footage from a neighboring building that showed them near the school the night of the fire.
The fire Thursday at a three-story school, where Muslim boys study and memorize the Quran, blocked the lone exit to the dormitory on the top floor, trapping students behind barred windows. Two adults and 21 students between ages 6 and 17 were killed.